Women in Film and Media Colorado (WIFMCO) is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization that actively provides networking, educational and social opportunities for women film and mediamakers in Colorado. We offer creative and professional support to our members through monthly events, panels and workshops, co-presentations, an annual short film showcase and an active online community. We work with film, television, and media organizations and businesses that unite, educate and empower women mediamakers. Whether you are just launching your professional career or you are an established professional in the field, WIFMCO is an invaluable social and professional network of Colorado women in film and media.
WIFMCO is a chapter of Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI), a global network of women working in film, television and other media, dedicated to advancing the professional development and achievement of women in the entertainment industry. With over 10,000 members, WIFTI provides valuable resources to members ranging from grants to educational opportunities, networking and finishing funds.
My experience thus far has fulfilled and fueled my passion for working with women by bringing us together to learn, and laugh. As a member of the board, I can continue to co-organize panels, as well as capitalize on the synergy following events by talking with potential members, and also serve as a conduit between programming and marketing to assist with the timely delivery of marketing assets.
Trai Cartwright, MFA, is a 25-year entertainment industry veteran and creative writing specialist. While in Los Angeles, she was a screenwriter, independent film producer, and story consultant and development executive for HBO, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, New Lines Cinema, and 20th Century Fox. Trai currently teaches producing and screenwriting for Colorado colleges, writers groups, conferences, and one-on-one as a development and copy editor. She is the screenwriter for Secret Ellington and Cheap Cabernet, two Colorado-based films. www.traicartwright.com
WIFMCO founding President Kathryn Gould is a writer and actor with a number of local and national credits. She has appeared on network TV, won several awards for her short films, and is currently working on two writing projects with Heitmann Entertainment in LA. Bringing a Women in Film chapter to Denver has been a long-time dream. Her website is www.kathryngould.com.
“I recently moved here to Denver from Charlotte, NC where I majored in political science and English at Belmont Abbey College. While there I was active in our acting scene, participating in our college’s improv troupe, and also I was involved in our creative writing scene. I’m so excited to be in Denver and be working with WIFMCO board and their supporting members!”
Charity is a genuine, dedicated professional who excels in content development and production management and in organizing and coordinating departments for effective, efficient execution of projects. She has Writing/Directing and Writing/Producing Certificates from The Colorado Film School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre. She is the founder of Heart Cure Productions, an independent production company whose mission is to develop films, television, and web series that are filed with heart and are free from meanness and smallness of mind. The company focus is on producing content and telling stories featuring strong female characters and giving the everyday person striving to raise herself up a voice. Charity wants to inspire people to think and look at the world with open eyes and an open heart.
Darla Rae is CEO of Film It Productions and an Alumni of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles. She enjoys the occasional opportunity to act but also enjoys coaching others in both stage and film techniques. Darla has producing, directing, and writing credits for features, shorts, and documentaries. Many have won awards. Her films are generally, family, faith or inspirational in nature. She is excited for the opportunity to work with WIFMCO as a board member.
Karen Hemmerle is a screenwriter, monologist, script editor, and screenwriting coach. Her films have received multiple awards and two of her long-form monologues have been performed by Stories on Stage in Denver and Boulder. As one of the founding members of the Colorado Actors and Screenwriters Assembly, she has been a part of the growing Colorado film community for 17 years. Screenwriting is her second career, following 20 years as a jewelry designer, metalsmith, and gem consultant.
“I recently moved back to Colorado after several years in Los Angeles. I was extremely active in film, television, theater, and events in LA and I’m honored to bring my unique skill set and experience to the WIFMCO community. I am dedicated to supporting, mentoring and inspiring women and girls to create art and tell stories through film and media.”
Alicia, or ‘Lish’ currently works as a Marketing Director for a retail consulting firm in Denver. She is a Certified Direct and Integrated Marketing Professional, and is a member of the Colorado Business Marketing Association. More importantly, she has been an actress in Colorado her entire life. Performing in local theater and film productions when time allows. She attended the University of Northern Colorado where she received a BA in Journalism & Mass Communications and a minor in Theater History & Dance Performance. www.theactorsstudy.com
Tricia is a producer, videographer, filmmaker, and actress. She has worked on multiple Emmy Award winning live and taped weekly productions for PBS and Denver Ch. 8. After working in the private sector as an account manager for almost 10 years, she gave it all up to learn to do what she loves. She studied acting and went back to school for multimedia design and video while working as a studio tech in 2 simultaneous jobs, which lead her to become a producer and editor.
Shannon currently owns a licensing company, Brigid Media (www.facebook.com/BrigidMedia or www.brigidmedia.com) and produces commercials full time. She is a working actor, produced writer and producer who has had 30+ years of entertainment industry experience ranging from Producing game shows (Scattergories, Scrabble) to running Central Casting’s non-union division, working for Grant Tinker as a contract negotiator and Paramount Studios as a development executive. She loves Colorado and served 4 years on the SAG-AFTRA Colorado-local board, and hopes to bring more film and TV projects to CO!
As a graduate of the Black women’s institution Spelman College with a B.A. in English and Spanish, I recognized the necessity for women, especially women of color, to have safe spaces that would undoubtedly advance their future career aspirations. As I developed my love for writing, tv, and film in college, it became increasingly important for me to not only discover opportunities in these areas for myself but also to cultivate them for others so they could break down barriers and borders positioned to hinder their advancement. I am currently a Writing & Directing major at Colorado Film School.